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Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club [Kindle Edition]

Liz Stauffer
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Book Description

When Clare Ballard sports a new bruise on her right cheek the day after a contentious town meeting, the ladies of the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club suspect her husband Roger of abusing her. That same day Hester Franklin, another breakfast club lady, is called to rescue her grandson Patrick after he is arrested for transporting drugs. Proclaiming his innocence, Patrick threatens that those who set him up will pay. Roger Ballard is high on his list.

But it’s when Lillie Mae Harris, the club's leader, discovers the body of the local drug dealer on the nearby hiking trail, that the community is upended. Roger Ballard, the primary suspect, goes missing, and when his body turns up in his own back yard, Clare Ballard confesses to his murder. No one believes she did it, but Clare insists she’s guilty and mysteriously refuses to talk to her lawyer, the police, or her family and friends.

The Thursday Morning Breakfast Club ladies believe she’s protecting someone, and they vow to find out who it is. Charlie Warren, the town’s homegrown policeman, using unconventional means, collaborates with the breakfast club ladies to draw out the real criminal. But danger lurks.

Alice Portman, the matriarch of the breakfast club, is struck down in her own yard and is sent to the hospital. Then others in the small community start to disappear—one after the other. As the ladies get closer to the truth, they get closer to the danger. With no time to cry over spilled coffee, they form a plan to capture the true culprits before someone else is murdered.

About the Author
After some thirty years writing everything from political encyclopedias to software manuals, Liz Stauffer retired from corporate life to write fiction, travel, and play on the beach. Since that time, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. With her two dogs, Stauffer lives in Hollywood, Florida, where she owns and manages a vacation rental business.


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About the Author

After some thirty years writing everything from political encyclopedias to software manuals, Liz Stauffer retired from corporate life to write fiction, travel, and play on the beach. Since that time, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. With her two dogs, Stauffer lives in Hollywood, Florida, where she owns and manages a vacation rental business.

Product Details

  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989318605
  • Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group (July 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DRN5EJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Cozy Series! July 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
The tiny Appalachian village of Mount Penn is the type of sleepy, close-knit place where townspeople don't even bother to lock their doors. But all that's about to change. Several of the ladies, and a few gentlemen, gather each week to catch up on town gossip - they call it the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club. Soon, one of the members will dub it the Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club and with good reason.
It starts with a member, Clare Ballard, being seen with a bruise on her cheek, presumably from her abusive husband Roger. Before that incident resolves itself, another breakfast club lady, Hester Franklin, is called upon to prove the innocence of her grandson Patrick after he's arrested for transporting drugs.
It gets worse when club leader, spunky Lillie Mae Harris, finds the dead body of a local drug dealer. Roger Ballard is the prime suspect, until he ends up dead in his backyard. Add in a few disappearing townspeople and you have elements of a fun and fast-paced mystery.
Local policeman Charlie Allen is investigating his first murder and he takes the unconventional approach of asking the Breakfast Club to help him solve the crimes. Soon, amidst casseroles, pastries, tea and coffee, the citizens of the village begin to interview - and suspect - one another.
Author Stauffer has a great way of weaving humor with murder, with a knack for dialogue and description. The book is lighthearted but also suspenseful, keeping readers on the edge, waiting for the murders to be solved. I'm certain Stauffer is going to become a staple in the lives of cozy mystery readers, since this is the first in a planned series. Can't wait!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New must-read cozy mystery book! July 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club is a must-read if you enjoy cozy mysteries. Things are not always what they seem in Liz Stauffer's fast paced book of murder, mystery, and intrigue. When the "breakfast club" ladies of idyllic Mount Penn see bruises on Clare Ballard's pretty face, they suspect her hot-headed husband of abusing her, but the truth is much more complicated. When violence disrupts this Appalachian village's lazy routine, the ladies, led by the irascible Lillie Mae Harris, jump feet first into danger as bodies appear, neighbors disappear, and Clare is arrested for murder. Follow Lillie Mae and the other "breakfast club" ladies, who, armed with casseroles and pastries, help the police uncover the deep secrets this town hides beneath its perfect facade. Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club is exciting and suspenseful. A definite page-turner. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Murder She Wrote, Read This Book!! July 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love cozy mysteries! I have read every Miss Marple book and a fair number of the "Murders She Wrote" books as well. Thus, I was delighted when I stumbled across author Liz Stauffer. The Thursday Morning Breakfast and Murder Club is a delightful murder mystery and a true small town cozy. I loved Stauffer's laugh-out-loud descriptions of the townspeople and once I was engaged, I didn't want to stop reading! And, I admit, I was surprised by the ending! If you are looking for a fun read that will keep you guessing until the last page, you'll enjoy Thursday Morning Breakfast and Murder Club.

I am looking forward to reading more by this author!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read July 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
Did not understand previous 2 star review. Great book but did not get the ending? What electric companies?

Anyway, for me this book brought to life a beautiful piece of Americana. The sweet, irascible ladies of the breakfast club stay with you in a feel good way after the story's done. Book is well crafted and well written. Meet the ladies, and then it rolls. The characters are fleshed out and feel very real as the suspense and danger builds. The ending works.

This book put a smile on my face with a wistfulness of nostalgia for a small town that this big city girl never got to experience. It was a lovely afternoon read. Would also have worked well on the beach. Excellent book. I recommend it. Enjoy.

Looking forward to more from this talented author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Murder Mystery! September 18, 2013
By VM
Format:Paperback
It's been quite a long time since I've read a mystery novel but I'm glad that I got to start again by reading this particular one. Although the title, Thursday Morning Breakfast (And Murder) Club, is long, the novel is actually a quick read. It's interesting, suspenseful and full of drama. It really is a great murder mystery.

In the small village of Mount Penn, not much violence or drama goes on. So when murders and disappearances start becoming a recurring thing, the citizens are definitely worried. Lillie Mae is the main character and very invested in the lives of the people of Mount Penn. Throughout the book she helps those in need and eventually figuring out the murder mystery. The characters in this novel were interesting and unique in their own ways. I could picture them just from the way Stauffer described them and had them act out. And I enjoyed the way they all got together to help out their friends and the police.

One of the aspects of this novel that I enjoyed the most was probably the detail. Sometimes too much detail takes away from the book but sometimes it really sets the mood for you. Now, yes, at times I felt like the characters had unnecessary conversations or too much detail was involved, but all in all the book was written well. I could picture the early morning breakfasts and the neighbors running around learning gossip or helping out. So i did enjoy that. I also loved how, as the reader, I didn't know who the murderer was. There were small twists that would prove me to be wrong and lead me in other directions.

All in all, this novel was a great murder mystery and really kept me intrigued. It's a quick read because you want to know the outcome and great for any fans of mystery. And if you haven't read a mystery book in awhile then this is definitely a good starting point. So if playing Clue just isn't doing it for you, make sure to check out this perfectly good mystery!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Morning Breakfast (and murder) Club by Liz Stauffer
When Murder and a series of crimes start happening in the small sleepy village of Mount Penn. The Thursday Morning Breakfast club leader Lillie May is asked to investigate. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nikki Bywater
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected ...
I was disappointed. There were no descriptions of the characters, which at times made it difficult to maintain focus. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
The characters are good and well developed. The action moves a little slowly. The ending was also a bit slow.
Published 11 months ago by Don E. Chandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
I will say that there were a confusing amount of characters. I had to back up a few times to make sure I had everyone straight but I loved it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok
I won this ebook and will give a honest review. It's the debut cozy mystery by Liz Stauffer. When I started the book I thought it was a book farther along in the series there... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary L. Brandis
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, not proofread
This book was apparently not proofread even by the author — yes, it's THAT boring. I guessed the murderer about 20 percent of the way into the book, and started skimming when the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary W. Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written. I will look for more of this author's work. Fun read.
Published 13 months ago by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Character-Focused Mystery That Showcases the Benefits and Pitfalls...
Living in the city certainly has its challenges. I can never find parking downtown, our backyard is made of concrete, and it is never, really, actually quiet in our house. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
2.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer
It took me a good long while to get into ‘Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club’ and even then I wasn’t invested in the story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club Review
Lillie Mae was a bit of a busy body. I just…didn’t like her. I didn’t really get to know Lillie before the action began, so I was a bit dispassionate towards her the entire book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Brainy Bookshelf (Alisha)
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